Books: Tig Notaro, Rueben Martinez, Thomas McGuane, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Annabelle Gurwitch, Conrad Aiken and … – Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are always a celebration of excellence in all forms of literature, but this year the event will be a blast: Tig Notaro is hosting! Notaro, of course, is the comedian and star of the Amazon series “One Mississippi” — and author of the 2016 memoir “I’m Just A Person.” Rueben Martinez will get the innovators award, Thomas McGuane will receive the Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement, and for the rest, we won’t know until that night. The book prizes are Friday, April 21, and tickets (just $10!) are on sale now.

THE BIG SECTION

There’s a special section in your Sunday paper this week. That doesn’t mean much to you online readers, but if you get the print edition, you’ll find a whole section dedicated to the Festival of Books (tickets, by the way, go on sale Sunday, April 16). It has helpful tools for the festival — a pull-out schedule and map and lots of other information — as well as some terrific pieces about and by authors who will be at the festival. Online, there’s no need to separate them from what appears in your regular books pages. Which leads us to…

IN OUR PAGES, AT THE FESTIVAL

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